Chandigarh: The state government has decided to train 2,000 care-givers to provide home based care to the elderly and disabled persons in rural and urban areas in the State. While stating this here on Thursday, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Kavita Jain said that the ambitious project aimed at giving a golden sunset to the elderly while passing on the good values to the next generation and generate employment opportunities. She said that a proposal to this effect has been approved by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. She said that initially, 1,000 care-givers each for the elderly and the disabled persons would be imparted training in geriatric care. A sum of Rs 31 crore has been earmarked to train and give employment to 10,000 persons in care-giving sector during the current financial year.
Jain said that the elderly who have accomplished in their lives often want to share their time, resource, knowledge and skills with the society. However, they are unable to do so because of lack of physical mobility at the right time. With a little bit of assistance they may be able to deliver their skills to others and it may give them a sense of fulfillment, dignity and completeness. She said that the course for the care-givers has been designed by District Rehabilitation Centre at Bhiwani, which was set up with UN aid and approved for certification by the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Panchkula.
The course would be partly residential with about 720 hours of course work, theory and practical included. She said that, the course would cover various general and specific aspects like youth sewa training programme, basic biology like anatomy and physiology, basic English including written and spoken English , basic communication skills, communicative tasks like health terminology, use of dictionary basics plus advance, food and nutrition – preparing diets for seniors, house-keeping, issues and concepts in gerontology and geriatric care, basic geriatric care, geriatric rehabilitation, geriatric communication, counselling and guidance and finally field practicum or Internship.
She said that the other courses for caregivers for the Person with Disabilities (PwDs), for palliative care, for those suffering from incurable disease, and drug addicts would be designed and got approved for certification. Thereafter, the course would be implemented through a large number of Nursing Colleges and schools in Haryana and other willing NGOs, Institutes and Organizations who want to participate in the skill development program. She said that the State Institute of Research and Training (SIRTAR), Rohtak would be the nodal office for this purpose.
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